A few years ago the Public Library Association had a recruitment campaign at the annual conference. Buttons were distributed emblazoned with “Ask me why I love my job.” I loved that campaign because it embodied how I have always felt about being a librarian. I could give many reasons but a recent event beautifully illustrates why “I love my job!”
Last Saturday I was working at my desk when a call on the intercom asked me to come to the information desk. When I arrived a woman was in the middle of telling Carole Ann Faulkner about how about a year ago we had “changed her life.” The woman handed me a card, with a generous donation included, that told the story. It amazed me she remembered these names after all that time. Here’s what she wrote:
“Dear Linda, Beverly, Gayla, Carole, and Sherry,
Just about a year ago I was taking care of my mom in Dunmor. I was unemployed and looking, no striving, to create a new future. All of you were very kind to me in assisting me with applying for a job with the United States Department of State. Well, I got the job! Moved to northern Virginia –my husband also is working there. We are thriving.
Please know that your influence in the world is mighty. You may be working in a small county library but your power for good is extraordinary. Much thanks from a grateful client.”
The staff members listed above where the ones privileged to assist this woman on that day. But, I receive letters, e-mails, and thanks again and again. Staff members have had flowers sent, candy and cakes delivered, and gratitude expressed on a regular basis. I always share these with our Board of Trustees, but today I wanted to share with all of Logan County and remind you what I am thankful for each and every day—your library staff is phenomenal and you and I are lucky to have each and every one of them.
Logan County Library Director